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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is to preserve and recover the world's northernmost population of the jaguar, its unique natural habitats, and native wildlife under its protection as a flagship, keystone, and umbrella species.

Results: NJP and the Mexican conservation organization Naturalia established the 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve, which boasts the highest number of northern jaguar sightings over the last decade, including females and cubs. This is likely the source population for jaguars migrating north and returning to the U.S. The reserve provides a core sanctuary that features an unparalleled mix of natural communities and is the centerpiece of our ongoing work to protect, maintain, and improve quality wildlife habitat. NJP further works with ranchers, schools, and local communities to promote effective jaguar conservation.

Geographic areas served: U.S.-Mexico borderlands

Programs: Reserve guardianship and expansion, wildlife monitoring, community outreach, environmental education, habitat restoration

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a chance to return to the reserve teaming up with NJP in Dec 2016/Jan 2017. While my first visit cemented a profound respect and admiration for NJP, on my most recent trip I came out with even richer set of experiences and information stemming from their successful work. Randy, Turtle, and Diana, whom I am most intimately connected with, but also the Sahuaripan hands on ground and logistical teams of support across the united states, continue to work tirelessly to promote, educate, reinforce, and push conservation efforts to new heights on both sides of the border. Community conservation efforts are keys to success that implant progress in future generations and The Northern Jaguar Project is tackling creative fronts in the progress of conservation. It is a pleasure to be connected to such an incredible organization and looking forward to seeing more measures of success in the fight for conservation.

Previous Stories
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I could not possibly write enough positive words as I look back on my time in the reserve. My gratitude and appreciation for having me photograph the reserve was a remarkably rewarding experience. Not only was the physical nature of the reserve a magical sanctuary for a very special collection of life, but the passionate individuals involved in the project are equally as impactful. It was a privilege to intimately learn the land, the animals, the history, the day to day structure, and future goals of the organization.

Taking in the life and landscapes in the reserve was a breathtaking experience at all hours. The omnipresent green growth enraptured every inch of ground. The juxtaposition of desert and jungle life is a remarkable interaction I have never previously seen. I did not have any expectations and the mountains moved me. It is certainly one of the most if not the most beautifully, inhospitable regions I have ever visited. Life was abound in every corner, from the macro fauna to large mammals and bite sized campsite visitors welcomed or not. Starting ours days with the sky bleeding and ending our hikes in a purple hue with the sound of thunder over the mountains, Mother Nature provided a very diverse set of visuals.

I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. I really appreciated learning the roots of the organization, how they operate on the ground, and the dedication the organization puts forward to be constantly working to move this conservation effort to even greater heights. I look forward to hearing and seeing the successes, partnerships, and future acquisitions that can assist in NJP's conservation goals.

Thank you very much,
Brendon Kahn

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been working with the Northern Jaguar Project on our new exhibit at the Elmwood Park Zoo, and they are wonderful! They do really excellent work for the conservation of natural habitat of the jaguar in the American southwest, and Mexico. They are easy to work with, and have a kind and dedicated staff.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On a recent trip to visit the Northern Jaguar Preserve I had the opportunity to meet with ranchers, farmers and community members to learn how they were connected to this important conservation work. I was struck by the passion, dedication and commitment that each person contributes and hearing their unique stories. This project is important work and the grassroots conservation efforts are to be applauded. There is much work to be done and I would encourage anyone to learn more about this nonprofit and how they can contribute. Marie Long

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NJP is a wonderful example of big thinking combined with practical expertise. They're creating a network of committed people that spans an international boundary and connects different people from different backgrounds and experience to the goal of biodiversity and especially protecting an apex predator, the jaguar. Plus, their instagram posts are just plain fun.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NJP is an impressive organization that makes the most of their resources. They are particularly effective working between two countries to positively affect critical species protection. The staff are committed, knowledgeable, humble and determined. The unique approaches they take are working! Congratulations and Keep Up the Good Work!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a biologist involved with reestablishment of jaguars in the U.S., which will not be possible without colonization from the source population in Sonora that is being protected and nurtured by NJP. Without NJP it's likely that the Sonoran population would disappear or at least diminish to the point where it could not realistically provide colonists for a future U.S. population. Keep up the good work NJP!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I visited NJP's reserve in Sonora, MX in 2013 and was floored by the staff's passion for their mission and commitment to the community they work with. A small, intent, and passionate group, NJP carefully and responsibly uses their time and resources to ensure that jaguars and other big felines can thrive in their habitat. Thanks to NJP, a paradigm shift is happening: admirable ranchers and their families around the reserve are not just tolerating these majestic animals; they are now choosing to defend their survival and value their role in the region's ecological system.

Compared to so many environmental conservation organizations, NJP is transparent and clear about its intent. If you want to support NJP, know that your resources will be well-stewarded to support an important cause. And be sure to visit - it is a very safe area, residents are hospitable and friendly, and the landscape is just breathtaking!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Northern Jaguar Project on and off for the past year. I have been involved in conservation in Sonora for the past decade. NJP is one of the most effective and professional organizations in the Hemisphere. Their work has done more for conservation in Sonora than anyone else. They are a pleasure to work with, and an inspiration.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NJP is staffed by diligent and hardworking individuals. Always a pleasure to visit the field site and a day does not go by that we have not learned something new. Additionally, they do an amazing job working with the scientific community but their outreach with the local community is groundbreaking.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served as the Southwest Representative of Defenders of Wildlife since 1993, and I am affiliated with Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) because it plays a critically important role of immediately protecting the northernmost remaining population of jaguars in the world and dozens of other rare and important species. This is a key component of a broader recovery strategy developed and implemented by several other cooperating organizations. NJP also supports high-importance field research which is being used to guide landscape-scale conservation programs, and is working cooperatively with landowners/ranchers, agencies and other conservation organizations to ensure their great work expands to provide benefits throughout the U.S./Mexico border region. The group is directed by an all-volunteer board, with program implementation overseen by a small, but deeply dedicated staff. It truly is a lean and mean organization which is providing renewed hope for recovery of the American jaguar and all it represents.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I got in contact with the Northern Jaguar Project when their board members approached the conservation organization I work for (Naturalia), looking for a partner to implement an ambitious conservation strategy for the northernmost population of the endangered jaguar in the Mexican State of Sonora. It was year 2003 and we had never worked together before, but they looked very genuine and committed to this goal. They told us that if we were able to raise the first amount of funds to purchase the first piece of land to create the Northern Jaguar Reserve, they would be able to fundraise to purchase additional land to increase the size of the reserve. We launched that strategy together and were able to purchase the first 10,000 acres for the reserve then NJP moved very fast to raise the additional funds to help us acquire another 35,000 acres. Our relationship has been very honest and straightforward and thus we have established a very functional partnership both to manage the reserve and to implement additional projects to effectively protect the jaguar population in this region. With just a few years old, NJP has become one of the most respected conservation organizations in Southern US and Northern Mexico. I have been able to work with both the staff and board of this young organization and am able to say that all of them are honest people entirely devoted to nature conservation and specially to secure a future for jaguars.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NJP is essential in the effort to save and restore the world's northernmost jaguar population, shared by Mexico and the U.S. In its 8 years, it great achievement has been the creation of a 70 sq mi protected area in Sonora, Mexico, not far from the US border. It works effectively with local ranchers and communities to reign in poaching of the great cats and build support for species recovery. NJP is an outstanding example of a binational conservation partnership!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Northern Jaguar Project, in collaboration with Naturalia, other conservation organizations, and local ranches in northeastern Sonora, is the driving force for conservation of the northernmost jaguar population and the fabulous ecosystem upon which it depends. The Northern Jaguar Reserve is one of the wildest places in North America, situated on the western edge of the Sierra Madre Occidental and at a crossroads between the New World tropics and the temperate biological communities of the United States. It is a place of discovery – every time we go we find something unexpected – often tropical species not known to occur so far north. NJP’s work is critical to keeping this place wild into the foreseeable future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I see the work that NJP is doing in Mexico as critical to conservation work north of the border. While NJP's campaign has direct benefits in the ecosystems in which it works, the focus on connectivity and corridors to protected habitats in the U.S. cannot be underestimated. Time and time again, NJP has thought of creative solutions to problems working with private landowners, and they have had significant success protecting land and species by protecting the jaguars of Sonora. I see NJP as a

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NJP has made all the difference in our collaboration to protect jaguars. My job involves networking with several other US non-profits and I can honestly say that NJP is unique in making such a huge contribution in resources, expertise and passion with such a small group of mostly volunteers. Jaguars in Northern Mexico will always be grateful for the support these committed and capable folks have sent this way. In 2008 our Reserva del Jaguar del Norte more than tripled its size thanks to NJP. Keeping up one of the longest-running jaguar monitoring efforts in the area has only been possible because of them. Their support to community related projects and openness to support so decidedly in an area that has been overlooked by major conservation groups, are just examples of their commitment. A BIG THANKS to everybody in NJP for helping my country protect its biodiversity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to work with NJP on water quality testing/monitoring and was amazed at the reserve itself, and had great experiences working with the board, the staff and the biologists during the project.